On Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., the Cushing Historical Society will have its final speaker program of the season, after a potluck supper, at the society’s meeting house on Hathorn Point Road. Traditionally, members bring their own plate and flatware, and a dish to share.

At 7:30 p.m., Rockland native Judy Orne Shorey will give a talk titled “I Am a Lawyer,” the story of her grandmother, Helen Knowlton, who overcame stiff objections and prejudice in 1899 to change Maine law, and become the state’s first woman attorney.

The public is welcome. The program is free.

Shorey, who is writing a book on her ancestor, has presented this program to the Union and Rockland historical societies. She will display pictures of turn-of-the-century Rockland, when this Maine woman broke a barrier and earned respect as a distinguished peer in a previously exclusive profession. For more information, call 354-6351.